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Orient Express to Mooncoin Mud Mobile The Mooncoin Mud Mobile, a rival for The Orient Express. Pics: Donal Foley

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OVE OVER Orient Express, the Mooncoin Mud Mobile is coming down the line. That has to be the message today, Friday, as the mighty Mooncoin Train we have been tracking for four years has finally come into its own as a powerful passenger carrier. The Mud Mobile’s first cousin that is probably the world’s most famous express train has been romance and adventure on wheels for the well-heeled since the Orient Express was created in 1883 by Compagnie International des Wagons-Lits. Although the original Orient Express was simply a regular international railway service, the name became synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel, EVERY FRIDAY

All smiles: Local children with their driver Simon O’Shea

being mostly associated with designed and put together by teams of engineers but no Paris and Constantinople. expense was spared on the Mud CATTLE FEEDERS Mobile either. The mobile hotel has now been The latter was the brainchild passed out by its Mooncoin train of farmer Eddie Doyle. Materifamily member, an iron-horse als used were frugal, consistthat was born on the Doyle fam- ing of old cattle feeders with ily potato farm at its first great bales of hay for comfy seating, open day to introduce the spud luxury rivals for the cushioned to the world and its mother. seats and padded couches that The Orient would have been adorn the wagons of the Orient

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Express. Both modes of transport serve the same purpose at the end of the day, ferrying folk from A to B and on to C. SMILING FARMER In that respect there is no rival for the Mud Mobile of South Kilkenny that, loaded with the happiest passengers in the world, the children of local

schools, ferried its school-goers safely through rain-lashed fields. It was all aboard as the mobile trundled onto the local Luffany Knocks Road, up a boreen and into a field of dreams where hundreds of boys and girls from 3rd to 6th classes in local schools, were pickin’ the pops. In fact there are two similar mud mobiles on the Doyle family farm, both kept busy at all

times but particularly at events in which a proud local business opens its doors to all-comers. Drivers of the John Deeres that provide the horse-power for the field trains were Simon, popularly Smiley O’Shea known to the visiting children as Famer Smiley and Conor Kelly, both employees on the potato farm. continued on page 4

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Adam and Eve may have shared bag of fries Continued from Page 3 Sion and Mooncoin gathered at the Doyle Potato HQ The young guns had the and delighted in being active time of their lives pickin’ participants in the story of the pops, aka bagging spuds the spud. for the fish ‘n’ chip shops of Over 200, accompanied the South East and further by teachers, loved over minafield. ute of their day down on Doyle Produce, Moon- the farm, were thrilled to be coin has been growing, bag- told all about the potato and ging and selling potatoes savoured the grand finale, since Moses was a boy and sitting down and digging possibly back to the time into a good old fashioned when Adam and Eve may feed of chips have shared a bag of fries in FARM TO FORK the Garden of Eden. Perhaps the latter was the The story of the spud, with first couple’s staple diet and pictures, From the Farm to the Fork, the laying of the the apple was for dessert? The Doyles just may have seed, preparing the ground, connections to the Inca planning, irrigation and Indians in Peru who were spraying and harvesting the first to cultivate potatoes caught the children’s imagiaround 8,000 BC to 5,000 nations. Girls and boys were BC. brought to the cold storage STORY OF THE SPUD area which houses big fridgIn 1536 Spanish Conquis- es of spuds and they loved tadors conquered Peru, dis- a display of vintage tractors covered the flavours of the and other old machinery. spuds and carried them to An ancient planter could Europe. so easily have been as old Journeys on Friday, as Methuselah, born in 3317 National Potato Day, were BC and was reputed to have much shorter as primary hit the age of 969. schools from Butlerstown, Slieverue, Carrigeen, Mount Continued on Page 8

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S PART of a promotional concert tour to Cork, Kilkenny and Limerick, Camerata Kilkenny and the great Swedish soprano Maria Keohane present a concert in The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle on Sunday at 4pm. This is part of Music in Kilkenny’s collaboration with the Office of Public Works (OPW) celebrating 50 years of Kilkenny Castle in the care of the OPW. Sublime Swedish folk chorales from the Dalarna region of Sweden, as well as Arias by J.S. Bach from Camerata Kilkenny’s new CD, recorded

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Members of the Presentation Secondary School Mock Trials team: Front: Megan Walsh, Aisling Ryan, Sadhbh O’Leary, Letiesha Redmond. Middle: Frances Cotter, Noelle Dowling, Eimear Tynan, Aoibh Connolly, Michelle Donnelly, Emma Brophy.Back: Cliodhna Donnelly, Ellen Millea, Brid Walsh. Missing from pic are Farah Callaghan, Roisin Donohue, Reece Delaney, Elise Ryan, Roisin Dempsey, Una Galway and Eleanora Del Greco

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EIGHTEEN fifth year students from Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy are flying the Tricolour in the Big Apple where they will represent Ireland in a global Mock Trials competition. It’s the first time that a school entering the Empire Law Mock Trial competition in Ireland won the competition and a chance to represent Ireland in New York. Pres principal, Shane Hallahan, says it’s a fantastic coup for the school and testament to the hard work of teachers and coaching team

that included Emma Brophy and Frances Cotter. The local team competed in the Irish final at the Criminal Courts in Dublin in May. As well as winning the competition outright, students at Presentation made it a clean sweep. They won the Best Witness, Best Barrister and Best Overall Team in a contest that was judged by three High Court judges. Among the nations competing against the Presentation girls will be China, South Korea and the UK.

“It’s a wonderful adventure and a great privilege for our students to represent the school in the world mock trials,” said teacher, Frances Cotter. “Going to America started as a dream and is now a reality,” said team member, Michelle Donnelly. The budding legal eagles have received great support from within the school and the wider community, including from members of our local legal profession. They students flew to New York on Thursday.


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Spuds were sent flying from the harvester Continued from Page 4 as the youngsters were truly impressed as spuds were sent The latter was the grandfather of flying from the harvester. Noah the Ark man. The young ones were given Then came the journey to the bags to collect their own spuds field of dreams where the spuds and then it was back down were ready for harvesting and to the farmyard area where a perhaps the real excitement peeler and washer were in full of an action-packed day came throttle.

It was service with a smile for the now hungry teenyboppers who enjoyed tasty platters of chips and baked potatoes courtesy of Catherine Doyle’s brother-in-law Mark Murphy, chef at The Tower Hotel and her mother Peg Browner also helped out.

SUPER OCCASION It was lickin’ lips’ time and to round off a super occasion all children were given a bag of spuds to enjoy with their families and a bag of a great rural product O’Donnell Crisps, made with Doyle’s potatoes. A day away from class in the

great outdoors had taught pupils that potatoes can be enjoyed in several ways, fried, mashed, boiled, baked, as chips and roasted. In short you can enjoy a spud in its jacket or in the nip. There were many helpers on a great day when the indoor

delights and the fantastic alfresco potato fields provided great education and entertainment for young minds. The very versatile Rooster Potatoes, Eddie Doyle explained, are cock of the walk with Queens, mainly for supermarket trade.


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Going Dutch brings victory over England Markie Potatoes for the chipper trade and the Irish market is now being won back by home growers. The Doyle family has been EDITOR growing potatoes for generations. There was always a great ARMERS in South Kilken- tradition of potato growing in ny are winning their battle the Mooncoin area as the land to be the king suppliers to was ideal for the crop. the Irish chipper business by EXCELLENT CONDITIONS going Dutch. For years English potatoes The area’s proximity to the coast called Maris Pipers were con- made for excellent conditions sidered to be the leading variety for spud growing. Local land by many Irish Fish ‘n’ Chip shop was top class and as most farms were quite small growing potaowners. Irish growers tried to beat toes proved to be a fruitful way of their English counterparts at supplementing incomes. Eddie Doyle is very proud of their own game by growing the Maris Pipers but that didn’t work his family’s place in the potato as the Pipers were more suited industry. His dad was Peter Doyle who to English soil. Mooncoin potato producer was synonymous with ploughEddie Doyle told The Kilkenny ing in Kilkenny and represented Observer that going Dutch Ireland on four occasions in The proved to be a trump card for World Ploughing Championships. him and his fellow growers. Grandad was Eddie Doyle, Along with the traditional Roosters and Queens, Doyle another great sportsman, or Produce, Mooncoin now grow hurling hero to be more precise. JIMMY RHATIGAN

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Local school children pickin’ the pops. Pics: Donal Foley

He was Kilkenny hurling caption in 1933 and ’34 and led the Cats to the All-Ireland hurling crown in his first year of captaincy. Eddie passed away at the comparatively young age of 51. The Doyle family now plants over 200 acres of potatoes every year. The family business is highly respected and regarded as one

of the most progresses industries of its kind in our country. Catherine and Eddie have a son Shane who is almost 15 and a daughter Áine who along with her cousins Aisling Doyle and Sarah Murphy, all students of Carrigeen School, did a great job of helping out at the open day.

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S THE long dark evenings close in we begin to light fires in our homes. As we finally submit to switching on the heating, you can be guaranteed that local drama groups are at their busiest. In the depths of autumn, you’ll notice that the lights are on in parish halls and local theatres into the early hours as volunteers put the finishing touches to production sets, props are being assembled, costumes are being fitted, actors are cowering as they learn their lines and directors are most certainly ‘in a spin,’ as they work on the ‘finishing touches’ to their theatrical projects. For Gowran Little Theatre, it’s just another regular autumn as it is putting these ‘finishing touches’ to its upcoming production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.

SENSE OF FUN This will be the group’s 8th production and group chair Judith McCormack says the hard work, volunteerism and sense of fun in the group is stronger than ever. “The group’s confidence and commitment to excellence is growing stronger each year and it’s just thrilling to be a part of it all. Audiences are guaranteed great laughter and excellent entertainment,” she added. With theatrical experience that spans nearly 28 years, Declan Taylor is in the director’s chair as he guides a talented cast of well-known faces which includes Clare Gibbs, Judith McCormack, Anne Murray, Orna Ward, Aoife Mahon, Róisín McQuillan, Derek Lawlor and Mark Duffy. He is ably assisted by assistant director Mary Walsh and Mike Browne is working hard as the group’s set designer and stage manager.

DOUBLE DATE All in Gowran Little Theatre will be quick to point out that many local volunteers work so hard each year to bring theatre productions to Gowran and they are truly indebted to the sense of community and volunteerism that embodies the work of the group. The Odd Couple tells the story of a group of old school friends who meet each week for a game of trivial pursuit. When the neat and tidy Florence (Judith McCormack) moves in with the messy and untidy Olive (Clare Gibbs), the comedic tension just builds and builds and finally explodes during a double date between the Odd Couple and the Constazuela brothers, their eccentric neighbours. The Odd Couple runs in Gowran Parish Hall from October 18 to 21. Tickets by ‘phoning 0874036340.

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OIN FRIENDS this December as once more Castlecomer will be flooded in twinkling light displays that will form the backdrop for its Magical Woodland Christmas Experience. Last year, families from all around Ireland experienced the wonderful light displays but also this truly authentic woodland Christmas event. Just a 90-minute drive south of Dublin, the Kilkenny-based Discovery Park is renowned for dedication to creating a world festooned with seasonal cheer, with decorative lighting and effortless style to create a truly memorable festive encounter. This season is no exception and offers a complete Christmas experience at great value.

FAVOURITE TIMES “Christmas is one of our favourite times at the park, as we transform the park into a magical Christmas wonderland. We see so many families creating traditions at the park, visiting every year and making memories. “This year we will have our light displays once more and all the usual activities,” Kathy Purcell, Castlecomer Discovery Park told The Kilkenny Observer. Start your adventure at the North Pole Station and take the Santa Express through the

mischievous elves and life in the North Pole. Last but not least, it’s time to visit the great man where each child will have the opportunity to spend time with Santa Claus, to whisper his or her wish list into his ear, and to receive a memorable gift. The duration of the Christmas experience is approximately 90 minutes, at a relaxed and enjoy-

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enchanted woodlands where the twinkling light displays amongst the trees are a sight for sore eyes. Once you reach the Christmas Village, you’ll have time to explore, make a Christmas tree decoration in the arts and crafts area or sit back and wrap your mittens around a steaming mug of hot chocolate from the Canopy Café.

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Brewery man Politicians are breaking wind dies at 83

per or the journalist. In fact both have done us a favour by highlighting the cowardice of those who had no problem in speaking out about their fear but didn’t even have the guts to put their names before the public.

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OM BERGIN, Butts Green, Kilkenny City who has died at Tinnypark Nursing Home was a lifelong employee of Smithwick’s Brewery. Aged 83 he had been retired for many years but remained active through his love of the game of hurling and Kilkenny teams in particular. He was a regular in Croke Park for decades and enjoyed travelling on what he called The ‘Boro Bus run by Paddy Maher and Noel Deevy. During his brewery years, Tom worked in the maintenance department and was an active trade union member. He also served on many social and sporting committees at the local drinks’ industry that was originally started by the Smithwick family of Kilcreene.

HALCYON DAYS He was also keenly interested in basketball particularly during the halcyon years of the game in Kilkenny when the former

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Waterbarracks outdoor court was the focus. Tom was involved in the game and in the old Boys’ Club along with former curate Fr Michael McGrath. He was also an active member of the Men’s Action Network Club in the parish hall on the Butts Green. Tom is survived by his brother Jim and his wife Marie, Australia, his sister Bridget Coyne and her husband Jim, Kilkenny, sister-in-law Rhona, Wales, nephews, nieces and extended family. Remains reposed at Johnston’s Funeral Home and were removed to St Canice’s Parish Church for Requiem Mass followed by burial at St Kieran’s Cemetery.

ROOF, as if proof were needed, that politicians care about absolutely no one only themselves was provided in the splash story on page 1 of the Sunday Independent. Ministers now fear carbon tax backlash is the headline in big, bold lettering. The thrust of the tale, a kite to gauge the mood of the electorate, is that Government Ministers fear an angry backlash from rural voters when they significantly increase carbon taxes which will push up the cost of petrol, diesel, heating oil and other fuels. The latter is largely the wording of the opening paragraph of a piece by Deputy Political Editor Philip Ryan. Reason for the fear is highlighted in column two, second last paragraph which said, and we quote: “Another Fine Gael Minister said they hoped the increases of about 2c per litre of petrol or diesel will be low enough not to enrage rural voters ahead of next year’s election. There we have it.

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HOUSEHOLD BILLS The worry is nothing to do with hardship being foisted on people who may already be to the pin of their collars to heat their homes, drive children to school and pay a multitude of other household bills. The fear over the political cost of climate action come after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar suggested he would increase carbon taxes every year that he is in Government.

So, be alerted, Leo has no problem piling on more tax to accompany the USC, Local Property Tax, impending water charges and so on. We should explain that the word ‘Another’ in an earlier quotation is there because other Fine Gael chiefs referred to or quoted in earlier paragraphs all remained anonymous. At The Kilkenny Observer we have no gripe with the newspa-

BREAKING WIND Our belief is that we should treat these politicians exactly as they treat us. All they ever crave from us is our votes and after that we can go for a good run and a jump wherever we choose. All sensible minded people will agree that something has to be done about our frail and dangerous climate but it should be pointed out that raiding the pockets of decent, honourable people won’t be the answer to any climate problems. Fianna Fáil is mentioned sporadically in the story so don’t be fooled. Its role will be to keep our pockets, wallets and purses open, while buddies in FG dip their greedy paws. Kites love wind. So do politicians. They break a lot of it, often leaving a stink in its trail. Same job as a platter of Bubble & Squeak would do.


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‘Our hearts and bodies were sore’

Robbie recovering in 2013 after one of many operations

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EAUTIFUL things happen in the simplest of ways. Sometimes an act of kindness is all that is needed to mend a bruised heart. That is exactly what Daisy Lodge did for the Forristal family. Robbie Forristal, aged 7 of Mooncoin was diagnosed with Rod Mairo Sarcoma, a rare form of cell cancer, when he was only 8 months old. Although his family stayed strong in the face of adversity, the challenges it faced were daunting. Robbie faced years of harsh treatment with chemotherapy sessions in Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin and radiation therapy sessions in France. These periods were truly tiring for the family. “When you’re in the hospital and your child is having treatment, you know he or she is very sick. “You’re trying to sleep on the floor. “You don’t really sleep. “You don’t eat properly,” Robbie’s mother Janet O’Neill recalled. Things took a turn in 2014 when Robbie was to beat his cancer and regain some control of his life. FACING CHALLENGES However, he was not completely out of harm’s way. He still suffers from Neurofibmatosis and from the cruel side effects of the years of cancer therapy. Robbie had to have reconstructive surgery on the internal organs in his pelvic area due to radiation damage. Moreover, he still regularly attends physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions, oncology appointments and travels annually to London to visit a Neurofibmatosis clinic. Although the family still face challenges there is one place which has always granted bliss: Daisy Lodge. The Forristals first stayed in 2014 and since then have returned on numerous occasions. Daisy Lodge is a purpose-built therapeutic clinic in Newcastle, County Down for families affected by cancer. It is a safe haven where adults receive massage

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therapy and children are able to play in a calming and beautiful environment. “We were able to sit together and breathe. It was nearly like it was good for our souls. WORRY, FEAR, ANXIETY “It helped us to get better together as a family. “We experienced joy together. “For such a long time joy would have been pulled out of our lives because our life would have been worry and fear and anxiety. “I cried when Robbie had cancer. “When we got to Daisy Lodge I cried again but that time it was happy tears. “It was such a beautiful place, such beautiful people. “It was like as if they knew that our hearts and our bodies were sore and we needed time to heal as a family and we were able to do that there,” Janet said. Janet and her husband Keith definitely raised a fighter; both literally and metaphorically. Despite his reality, Robbie lives his life to the full. His mother described him as a boy who loves school. He is learning how to swim and occasionally attends Muay Thai lessons with his older brother Ryan. Robbie Forristal truly is a young boy of courage.

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O BE fair to the powers that be in the local game, they did an excellent job of marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of schoolboys’ and girls’ soccer in the Kilkenny & District League area. Rain did its best to spoil an afternoon with young and young at heart in the local league’s HQ, Derdimus. Youngsters loved every minute of their U10 games that went on for some hours. Whoever turned on the heavenly taps lost that battle as enjoyment was the name of the game. There were speeches recalling the good old days, the early years, the great progress of the beautiful game at under-age level and a commemorative plaque was unveiled. It was a fitting tribute to those who have sadly departed and it was wonderful to meet familiar faces from over the years, dedicated souls who gave their all for their club, their parish, their league. The latter contributed for the overall good, not only of the game, but of the boys and girls who when everything is considered are most important.

MEET AND GREET It was super to meet and greet those who took up the cudgels, organised games, marked pitches and fitted god only knows how many youngsters into their cars to drive them to away matches, games that were often enjoyed most, new adventures and in the very early days, simply a drive in a car. There were many hot spots over the years. The Waterbarracks was forever busy until it flooded. Places like Bennettsbridge, Thomastown, Freshford, Castlecomer, Goresbridge, Ballyhale and many other venues had their very own field of dreams, a farmer’s field or a local community acre. In the city also there was continuous action at the Fair Green, Fatima Place, Larchfield, Newpark and later on, Buckley Park. The early years of the game were amazing. The action on a pitch was naturally the focus but in Fatima Place in particular the popular community game became a social occasion as coaches from Graignamanagh in particular arrived with god only knows how many teams for friendlies.

MUSIC AND SONG The players, their parents and friends were often accompanied by Danny Grace and his cohorts in music and song who provided a concert-like atmosphere with lively songs and tunes before the games and often during the matches. If one were to write a book on the game to date, as The Observer said in our extensive coverage of the anniversary, Talbot Inch’s Con Downey would be the star of the show. For not alone was Con what aficionados might call a true blue footie man, he was also a volunteer social worker as his aim was to have young boys and girls kicking and heading a football, caring not a hoot about the result of a game. Con’s soccer ethos was not shared by everyone but it was admired by most and was certainly the kind of example that is still worth exploring. Too often today, under-age games even are fought with World Cup ferocity with the result being all important.

mate, ensuring that all boys and girls, not those only who might be called the better players, get to kick a ball every weekend. The battle between trophies and enjoyment is certainly a topic that is worth a closer look in some future time. With respect to those who did so much for the boys’ and girls’ game over the years, many of whom are still toiling unselfishly we have decided on a roll call of those who contributed so handsomely to the wonderfully strong schoolboys’ and girls’ game we have today. We know that this exercise is taking a risk as we can commit the sin of leaving out somebody who deserves to be mentioned. In our view credit is due to everyone who threw in his or lot for the sake of the children and if we do fall into sin we invite family or friends to get in touch with us and we will continue the list in another issue.

WELL DONE, THANK YOU Reason for recording our team of heroes is simply to say well done GREAT PRINCIPLES and thank you to those who wore But to those with the principles of the t-shirt of our game at underthe game close to their hearts the age level. real aim surely has to be the ultiFounding fathers were Con

Downey, Mike Kelly, Brendan Lonergan and the late Eric Wilcox. We think too of former player, referee and schoolboys’ mentor Jimmy O’Leary of Larchfield, Nicholas Marnell, Mary Corcoran, Ted Cornally, Peter Murtagh, Seamus Fahy, Peter Maher, Brothers Ignatius and Alphonsus of the Capuchin Friary, Liam McCormack, Mick O’Driscoll, Eamon Nolan, Deirdre Renwick, Richie Lynch and Jim Sherwood of Deen Celtic. Pat Gill and Christy Browne were rocks in Graignananagh and with Emfa in Fatima Place we had Peadar Blanchfield, Damien Dowling, Michael Walsh, Paddy Cummins, Mick Fahy and Jimmy Mulrooney. Jimmy Cashin and Jim Nugent have been toiling for years in Danesfort while Willie O’Neill has the wheels turning with River Rangers. Other warriors were Martin Satelle, St Anthony’s Boys, Jody Corcoran from Kells who played with Glen Rovers and looked after teams for Spa United, Jim O’Connell, Goresbridge, George Ramsbottom, New Oak, Denis Dowd, Celtic, Billy Walsh and Pat Foley, Evergreen, Mick Corcoran

and Andy Burke, Callan. LATE JIMMY CUDDIHY Thomastown had Johnny O’Brien and Willie Lannon while Southend boasted the late Jimmy Cuddihy and Pat O’Keeffe. Freebooters had many teams of hard working officials over the years, including Jimmy Donnelly Snr, members of the Doyle family of the Gaol Road and in more recent years, the progressive Fran Grincell. Brookville stalwart was Richard Rudkins while the Lions of Durrow had a great worker in Francis Campion. Ben Hayes was one of the true devotees of the early years as he walked across the city with his tots from Newpark to take on Michael Walsh’s youngsters in Fatima Place. And who could ever forget the contribution of John Morris to the local under-age game? He was brilliant, loved to see youngsters enjoying themselves particularly in the Mini World Cup in Buckley Park which was his brainchild. No doubt we will have more names that deserve the thanks of all sports men and women. In the meantime meá culpa for any unfortunate omissions.


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LL THE team at Roche Injury Clinic, Unit 5 Village Business Park are thrilled to achieve the Irish Business All-Star Accreditation. The accreditation process gave staff the opportunity to reflect on its brand story, achievements, growth strategy and above all the value created for all stakeholders and in particular its customers. This challenging process gave the team the chance to without doubt prove its commitment to helping patients and demonstrate its highperformance rates in both growth and patient care. The opportunity to receive first-hand feedback from the esteemed judging panel, employees, customers and suppliers through the reference check round was particularly insightful. “It’s a special feeling to be awarded this accreditation while doing the job I love around the world, working with elite athletes like Curtis Mitchell and Ciara Mageean and the local general public,” David Roche told The Kilkenny Observer.

Top man: Physio David Roche

VAST EXPERIENCE “I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only the All-Ireland Business Foundation but also my team and most importantly our customers and suppliers and all those who continue to support us.

“We look forward to continuing to meet and indeed exceed the standards set by the All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF).” In an era of increased professionalism in Irish Sport, the availability of a Best in Class injury clinic is absolutely vital. David Roche has brought his vast experience as a physio to the Roche Injury Clinic where clients have the assurance of being under the treatment of a highly qualified expert who has been Lead Physio for three National Irish Training Camps. Roche Injury Clinic provides the highest standard of care possible to help you recover from injury and become pain-free.

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LOCAL community is united in grief following a tragic accident. A talented young hurler who was due to play for the parish club he loved on Saturday, died in a car crash on the eve of a county senior hurling championship quarterfinal. Eugene Aylward, aged 23, a favourite son in his native Ballyhale and a star of the future lost his life in a local accident in which a young lady passenger was seriously injured. Driver Eugene was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Knockwilliam, Ballyhale. The female passenger, understood to be in her 30s, was rushed to University Hospital, Waterford with what are believed to be serious injuries. The close-knit local community which has as its fulcrum the famous Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA Club was numbed by the tragedy. Families and friends are comforting Eugene’s parents Pat and Marie and his brother Cian who live at Vicar’s Lane, Ballyhale. REGION NUMBED The region is numbed by the shock of the accident, a village and environs that over the years has had to grapple with its share of tragedy. Young boys and girls in particular found it nigh impossible to fathom why a young hurler was so cruelly stolen from them hours only from a game against Clara at which hundreds

from Ballyhale and surrounds would have been supporting Eugene and the entire panel of a club team, managed by hurling maestro Henry Shefflin, that continues to enjoy huge success. It was perhaps fitting that local families, unsure where to turn next, should gather at Billy’s Tearooms in the main street of Ballyhale, a community run cafe founded and run by local people for local people. Neighbours and friends were clutching at straws, doing their utmost to provide solace for each other, thinking, grieving for an exemplary local family and bemoaning a passing that many wanted to believe never happened. PROUD AYLWARD CLAN For Eugene’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and team mates, the accident was a nightmare that no one would have wished on anyone. Young Eugene was a proud member of the Aylward Clan, a strapping lad who loved the game of hurling and took such pride in the Ballyhale Shamrocks jersey. He was grandnephew of brothers Liam, a former Member of the European Parliament and sitting TD Bobby Aylward and nephew of Councillor Eamon Aylward. A huge crowd turned out to say a reluctant goodbye as Eugene’s remains were removed to the Church of St Martin of Tours, Ballyhale for Requiem Mass. Present and former GAA players from all parts of our city and county, the entire local

Shamrocks GAA family and practically every house in the Ballyhale area turned out as a mark of respect to a man who was taken all too young and to his family who will know that Eugene was not only cherished in his own family. LOVED AN0D ADMIRED He was loved and admired by an entire people, men, women and children who will always remember him as a fine hurler but even more especially as a great friend and a very sound and helpful young man. Burial was at the New Cemetery, Ballyhale. As a mark of respect all under age hurling games and the championship match due to be played by the club’s senior team were postponed at the weekend. The re-fixture of the championship clash with Clara has been fixed for 12 noon at Danesfort on Sunday. With respect for Clara, Ballyhale will as usual battle bravely to win that game, not merely to win a semi-final place but as a tribute to a dearly departed team mate and pal.

Big, brave and talented: Eugene Aylward RIP

O’SHEA GIRLS ARE SO PROUD OF THEIR LOVING AUNT

Carrickshock camogie team that won the cup at the Rita O’Shea Memorial Blitz in the ‘Shock GAA Grounds in South Kilkenny. Picture includes several of the late Rita’s nieces.

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Fashion

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Pippa O’Connor x Skechers Lasso boot €70 Ariana Grande x H&M “Thank U Next” sweatshirt €22.99

Kimberley Walsh W lsh x Regatta Wa Lexia Parka €74.95 (was €150)

Kimberley Walsh Wals x Regatta Metallia jacket jacke €47.45 (was €90)

ROM LOVE Island contestants to A-List musicians, the fashion world has been blessed with celebrity collaborations this year. Some of the most famous faces in the world are teaming up with high street and designer labels to release clothing, accessories and even beauty collections, putting their own spin on the brands’ signature styles that we all know and love. MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre has picked a selection of favourite pieces currently available in their stores... Dua Lipa x Pepe Jeans at River Island: This collection is not for the faint-hearted but with plenty of mesh and metallic these stunning pieces are perfect for the upcoming party season. Layer up the chainmail dress with a turtleneck, tights and boots for a more wearable A/W look. Wear the mesh top for all those “jeans and a nice top” nights out. Kimberley Walsh x Regatta: Kimberley’s collection showcases this season’s must-have colours and fabrics. From the beetroot Metallia jacket to the teal Lexia Parka, Regatta’s outerwear is practical and stylish. This collection also includes

The Kimberley Collection at Regatta

fleeces, tops, boots and accessories. PLUS save up to 50% off* A/W stock in store now. Pippa O’ Connor x Skechers: One of Ireland’s most successful businesswomen, Pippa is the current Brand Ambassador for Skechers. She is pictured wearing the Lasso boot which is a soft suede Chelsea boot in a gorgeous taupe colour. Treat yourself to the comfiest memory-foam trainers, hers boots and shoes at Skechers now. PICK OF THE WEEK Pop Princess Ariana’s collaboaboration with H&M contains arttest work and songs from her latest ank albums, Sweetener and Thank U Next. ylThe collection is full of stylus ish casual wear in gorgeous te neutral tones. Pick up this cute or “Thank U Next” sweatshirt for €22.99 – what a bargain *all prices correctt at time of print.

Dua Lipa x Pepe Jeans at River Island black bralette top €107

Dua Lipa x Pepe Jeans at River Island silver chainmail dress €200


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Glanbia: Climbing mountains for cancer research HUGE SUCCESS Glanbia athletes have just completed the first year of the Great Pink Run in Chicago, led by Sonia O’Sullivan. This event was on October 5 and was a huge success with 140 Glanbia employees running around Diversey Harbour on

Going pink for a worthy cause

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LANBIA is a proud partner of Breast Cancer Ireland and also title sponsor of the Great Pink Run, which is in Kilkenny and Dublin shortly. To date, Glanbia employees have raised thousands of euros for this worthy cause. However, Glanbia people are eager to do as much as they can to promote the value of research into breast cancer and they go the extra mile in order to give to Glanbia’s charity partner. And interest groups love to get involved. Glanbia farmers have raised some €10,000 from the Pink Bales Campaign which sees Glanbia suppliers wrap their bales in pink wrapping with a

portion of the cost going to Breast Cancer Ireland. CountryLife Stores offered Pink Plants in their stores. Part of the cost of potted plants went to Breast Cancer Ireland. HIGHEST MOUNTAIN Glanbia Ireland Business also annually organises Cycle 300 where up to 40 employees cycle 300 kilometres every year and raise over €40,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland and other local charities. The latest fundraiser was in Kerry. Some 60 people took part in the Two Peaks challenge which saw employees climb two Killarney peaks in 48 hours.

The group took to Carrauntoohill, the highest mountain in Ireland on day 1 and endured a tough climb over difficult terrain. However, all made it to the top. After a good night’s sleep, they rose again to tackle the Mangerton Mountain where conditions were bleak. They battled through wind and rain and reached the peak. Last year they raised over €60,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. The biggest fundraiser of the year is the Great Pink Run which is in its 9th year in The Phoenix Park and it is the third year of the event in Kilkenny.

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Lake Michigan. They joined over 800 Chicagoans for the 5k and 10k. With the first event down all are now looking forward to Dublin and Kilkenny. Hundreds of Glanbia employees will run with thousands of others over the weekend of October 19 and 20 in the Phoenix Park

and Kilkenny Castle Park. Brian Cody will lead the Kilkenny race along with Aoife Hearn, Operation Transformation dietician and Newstalk Breakfast’s Kieran Cuddihy, a son of Kilkenny. You can register on www.greatpinkrun.ie.


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SUNDAY OCTOBER 20TH 2019 AT KILKENNY CASTLE PARK Join Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager Brian Cody, Operation Transformation Dietician Aoife Hearn and Newstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy for a 5k fun run, or a 10k challenge. Women, Men and Children are welcome to come along to join in the fun at 11am & run jog or walk with buggies and babies. Join Glanbia - Wear Pink in support of those who have experienced breast cancer

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Carrigeen School, Class 1

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ENATOR Ivana Bacik delivered the first Autumn/Winter lecture of 2019 to South Kilkenny Historical Society. The title was An Immigrant Family’s Memories of South Kilkenny who helped shape a modern Ireland. Senator Bacik’s paternal grandfather, Karel (Charles) was born in 1910 in Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He graduated from Charles University, Prague. In 1935 he began a glass making career that would end in Waterford in 1984 when he retired from the board of Waterford Crystal. At one stage Karel Bacik was owner of four glass making factories. Three were nationalised by 1947 when he decided to move to Ireland, on the encouragement of Bernard Fitzpatrick. By September 1947 Bacik had registered Waterford Glass Ltd, acquired a site at Ballytruckle and persuaded Miroslav Havel to join him in Waterford. On September 20 the first piece of Waterford Glass since

1851 was produced. Shortly afterwards, amid controvesy and speculation, Waterford Glass was taken over by Irish Glass Bottle. CONTINUED WORK Mr Bacik continued to work at Waterford Glass in 1974. He continued to serve on the board for another 10 years. Senator Bacik also gave an insight into the life of her paternal grandmother’s family, Edith Starch, and the family link to events which led to World War I. Edith’s father Dr Jindrich (Henry) Starch was appointed aide-de-camp to the Duchess of Hohenberg for her visit to Sarajevo in June 1914. Dr Starch was following the car carrying Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie on June 28, 1914 when both were shot dead by a 19 year old Serbian. Karel and Edith lived at Rathmore House, Fiddown, Piltown until their deaths (both in 1991). Both were well liked and respected. Edith taught French

Eddie Synnott, chair South Kilkenny Historical Society presenting Senator Ivana Bacik with a copy of the recently published Waterford Crystal - The Creation of a Global Brand, 1700-2009. Also included are Sean Maher, Mullinavat and Jim Cusack, Kilmacow, both former employees of Waterford Crystal.

at Mooncoin Vocational School. well and Denis Buckley, former bution to the area. dence Internee. Some of the attendance teacher at Mooncoin VocationNext lecture is on October 24 This is in Mullinavat Hall remembered the Baciks very al School praised their contri- – Tom Ryan – a War of Indepen- (opposite the church), 8pm.

ORMONDE COLLEGE: TOP CLASS FOR FURTHER EDUCATION

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RMONDE College of Further Education hold an Open Evening on October 17 from 2pm to 6pm. This will provide the public with the opportunity to see directly the wide range of programmes and facilities on offer. Staff and current students will provide advice and discuss all aspects of the various full time courses that run from September 2020. This is a wonderful opportunity for anybody to get to know what Ormonde College of Further Education has to offer. The programmes have strong vocational and work-orientated foundations but also offer excellent progression routes to higher education and further study. On completion of a course at Ormonde College learners may access the labour market directly in a wide range of employment fields. Highest level Or a student cans choose to use his or her qualification to progress to third level programmes In Ireland and abroad. Ormonde College has a reputation for consistently providing educational standards of the highest level while always maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Each programme is delivered

The Poet & The Songwriter

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OLLOWING their previous intimate sold-out gigs, poet Nuala Roche and folk/alt-country songwriter and singer Kairen Caine bring their Poet & Songwriter gig to the village of Bennettsbridge. This Sunday, they perform a cosy afternoon show at the White Feather Well-being Centre. Tea/coffee and snacks will be available. The White Feather is on Chapel Street, on the first floor of the corner building at the car park. Tickets €10 at the door.

Nuala Roche and Kairen Caine

Ormonde: Elegant, warm and welcoming

by vastly experienced and caring staff who ensure that learners’ experience the opportunity to achieve their own potential during their time at the college. Class sizes are maintained at levels that are conducive to effective teaching and learning. A historical learning environment, the main campus of Ormonde College occupies one of Kilkenny’s most historic and recognisable sites, encompassing parts of the original city walls, convenient to local and regional transport routes. Dispersed Campus However, the college operates a dispersed campus and is very much woven into the fabric of Kilkenny City. It’s Beauty Therapy training salons are in the equally historic

former Presbyterian Church adjacent to the college while the state-of-the-art hairdressing and barbering training unit is in the Village Business Centre on nearby Patrick Street. Now entering its second year of operation, the Visual Arts and Animation campus at Gaol Road is developing a real vibrancy and this year, the college has developed beyond the city limits and now operates the internationally renowned Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a closer look at what Ormonde College of Further Education can do for you or someone you know. Doors open from 2pm to 6pm, and all are welcome.

John Kenna, Friary Street, Kilkenny who had the Best Charolais Bull Under 300kg at Kilkenny Mart Weanling Sales is congratulated by Michael Barron, Brett Brothers (Sponsors).

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INCERE thanks and best wishes to Maureen Kelly, Kilkenny Street who is retiring as sacristan after 17 years of devoted and dedicated work for Castlecomer parish and Church of the Immaculate Conception. On behalf of the community we wish Maureen health and happiness. Angela Byrne, Barrack Street took over duties as sacristan on October 1.

DOUBLE CELEBRATION Fr Ian Doyle will have a double celebration this weekend. He has reached the milestone of 60 years and 30 years of ordination. Mass of Thanksgiving is tonight, Friday at 7.30pm and afterwards there will be refreshments in Castlecomer Community Hall. There is an open invitation to all. GOLF CLUB Forty six ladies and gents played in the 16-hole classic on October 2 in very good conditions. Well done to everyone who played. Results: 1 Seán Scanlon (15), Ger Comerford (23), Johnny Hardy (25) 73 pts, 2 Seamie Brennan (21), Frank Dormer (24), Matt Pollock (26) 71 pts, 3 Jim Hoyne (25), Christy McGrath (25), Una Whelan (36) 69. Captain, Seán Scanlon has requested senior members to pencil December 6 into their diaries for the Seniors’ Christmas Party. This also serves as a reminder for party pieces to be brushed up. As a result of a tremendous response by golfers and very kind sponsors, this year’s fundraising classic for the Home Care Team raised €11,270.00. The latter was presented to Dr Ian Wilson on behalf of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care by Paddy Morrissey and his hard working committee in Castlecomer Golf Club. Congrats to Jason Brennan, this year’s winner of the prestigious men’s golfer of the year and also well done to the runners up. Results: 1 Jason Brennan, 2 Michael Dermody, 3 Noel Rothwell, 4 Michael Buggy, 5 Jonathan Dowling.

The joy of a game of cards

There’s huge excitement in the club in relation to the October match-play final fixtures. All participants in the respective finals are wished the best of luck. Mixed Scotch Foursomes Final, Eileen Healy and Seamus O’Connor v Jo Costigan and Marty O’Shea; Men’s Fourball Final, Colin Dunne and Fergal O’Neill v Padraig Curry and Michael Curry; Men’s Scotch Foursomes Final, Paddy Kehoe and Ger Comerford v Eamonn Breen and Shan Butler; Men’s Singles Final, Mark

O’Dowda v Fergal O’Neill. Diary: Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, Three-Person Champagne Scramble (Any Combination). A 9-Hole Fun Scramble will be held in Castlecomer Golf Club. The draw will be at 4pm. All are welcome. Members €3, visitors €5. Results: October 6, Men’s 18 Hole Open Stableford Singles, 1. Terry Brennan (14) 42, 2. Ronan Walsh (7) 41, Gross Jason Brennan (3) 37, Class 1 Michael Dermody (5) 36, Class 2 Brian Dermody (16) 40, Class 3 Paddy Mahon (20) 39 back 9. Castlecomer Golf Club and

from the golf club office but any ties on request. plastic sack is acceptable. Hands, A Wexford Thatcher Film will be showing at 11am on IN THE LIBRARY November 11. All welcome. Parenting Champion Helen Eva Holmes will demonstrate Casey will meet parents of chil- Hallowe’en Themed Flower dren from birth to 18 years in arranging on October 22 at 3pm, the library on October 30 at free, all are welcome. 12pm, for tips, support advice The Afternoon Book Club for and guidance. adults meets on October 29 at Fostering First Ireland hosts 2.30pm. an information session in the To gain entry to the library library on October 24, 10am to after staffed times, please apply 1pm. for your My Open Library Card. Induction takes 15 minutes. DROP IN SERVICE. For further information on CURTAINS OR PILLOWS Class visits from schools sched- any of the above, 056-4440561 ACCEPTED. ule is now in full swing, with or castlecomer@kilkennyliRecycle bags can be collected information and themed activi- brary.ie

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Walter’s warriors foiled by The Lockes T

HE PRIZE was just as important as any two teams would be chasing in a championship or league final. At stake in the Michael Lyng Motors Hyundai Intermediate hurling championship relegation battle between Tullogher Rosbercon and John Lockes of Callan was the retention of a place in the intermediate grade or a drop to junior hurling. The boys in black and amber representing the deep south, complete with that man mighty, Walter Walsh, hero of many Kilkenny hurling clashes, were hoping to retain their status. But try as they might, it just wasn’t to be and in a tough and interesting battle for survival it was the Callan lads who just about earned the right to continue to play intermediate hurling. The final score couldn’t have been any closer. It was 1-10 to 1-9 in favour of the Lockes. And just like any final where something was at stake one team had reason to celebrate while the other licked its wounds.

BETTER THINGS Fair play to both clubs, whatever about luck, bad or otherwise, the fervour and courage on display suggested that both may go on to much better things. Meanwhile in the intermediate hurling championship, a rampant St Lachtain’s of Freshford had a resounding 2-19 to 0-13 victory over Dunnamaggin in a quarter-final replay at Tom Ryall Park. And in the top flight Bennettsbridge retained their status in senior with a 1-23 to 1-16 win over St Patrick’s, Ballyragget who, after a topsy turvey season drop back to intermediate.

Callan in control

Walter Walsh is hassled by Cathal McGrath

Locked in battle, Robert Kerwick John Lockes and John Cotterell

Action continues this weekend. On Saturday in a senior quarter-final replay in Bennettsbridge, O’Loughlin Gaels and Mullinavat go head-to-head again at 12 noon. In a postponed senior quarter-final in Danesfort at high noon on Sunday Clara and the Shamrocks clash while in Nowlan Park at 4pm Erin’s Own

will again have their mettle tested by a city side when they take on James Stephens. Back to Saturday and to intermediate. At 2.15pm Tullaroan play Young Irelands and at 4.15pm Thomastown and St Lachtain’s meet in a clash of giants. Both games are in Nowlan Park.

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Observer Soccer Fixtures SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 LEINSTER SENIOR CUP Evergreen v Moyne Rovers, 11am FAI JUNIOR CUP Rosslare Rangers v Deen Celtic, 11am

Seven Up for Carlow Kilkenny Cobh Ramblers 1 Carlow Kilkenny FC 3

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ARLOW Kilkenny continued their impressive run with a successive 7th win as they beat Cobh Ramblers in the U15 Shield Cup.

Carlow Kilkenny did all the running in th e first half but dogged Cobh held firm. The second half was so different with the prolific forward line kicking into gear for the boys in green. Whatever sharp Carlow Kilkenny boss James

Toner said to his young charges did the trick with quick fire goals from Brandon Kelly, ace marksman Dean Owens and Eoin Dempsey to give Carlow Kilkenny a comfortable win which set them up nicely for a historical clash against

South East rivals Wexford FC. Carlow Kilkenny beat Drogheda United in the semi-final while Wexford got past UCD. This is an incredible achievement for a twoyear-old club. Mark Ross’s Under 17s

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The Stripy Men: 1975: Two in a row, finally STRIPY MEN AUTHOR: THE LATE JOE CODY September 7, 1975 1975 All-Ireland SHC Final Dublin: Croke Park 3.15pm (80m) KILKENNY

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OME REPORTS claimed that this final, despite abundant skill and teamwork by the winners, was one of the worst ever played. Any such verdict is a bit harsh on that group of Galway hurlers, all of whom were appearing in their first decider. Truthfully, though, seldom has an All-Ireland been won so early in a game. After Frank Burke had given Maroon & White a glimmer of hope, blazing home a goal in the 18th minute to give theWesterners a lead of 1-3 to 0-3, they failed to score again until five minutes into the second half. By this time the contest was effectively over. Kilkenny, playing against a slight breeze, opened the scoring in the fourth minute when the free flowing Liam ‘Chunky’ O’Brien, after a foul on Mick Crotty, sent over a free from 65 yards. Gerry Coone replied with a similar score, before the same Chunky latched onto a poor clearance by Pádraig Lally and from 55 yards sent sailing over. Thirty seconds later, PJ Molloy restored parity when he collected a crossfield ball and fired over in fine style. Seven barren minutes followed, during which neither side wasoverly impressive. Then, after an excellent save by Michael Conneely, pushing a Mick ‘Cloney’ Brennan piledriver over the endline, Pat Henderson popped over the resultant 70. There seemed little danger when Kieran Purcell conceded a free some 70 yards from goal. That was presumption. A cool Coone showed composure to level. The next couple of minutes saw Galway exert constant pressure. Their reward arrived when a long free by Seán Silke was beautifully controlled by PJ Qualter.

1975 CHAMPIONS: Back: Brian Cody, Tom McCormack, Mick Crotty, Pat Henderson, Eddie Keher, Frank Cummins, Pat Delaney, Phil ‘Fan’ Larkin. Front: Liam ‘Chunky’ O’Brien, Noel Skehan, Billy Fitzpatrick (captain), Mick ‘Cloney’ Brennan, Pat Lawlor, Kieran Purcell, Nickey Orr

From the Cusack Stand side he passed across to the unmarked Frank Burke, who slammed to the net. Although this goal put The Tribesmen into the lead 1-3 to 0-3, they went dramatically downhill thereafter. Noreside’s fortunes, after a switch between Crotty and Brennan, notably improved. They added four points during the next four minutes. First, Chunky O’Brien went on a 90-yard solo run before passing to Cloney Brennan, who shot a point. Then an incisive run by captain Billy Fitzpatrick saw him scythe through the defence. His neat pass found Crotty, who reduced the deficit to one point. A foul on O’Brien allowed Eddie Keher to open his account and level at 0-6 to 1-3. Kilkenny took the lead again after 25 minutes. Crotty gathered a long free by Henderson and pointed. A rather dismal first half concluded with two points from Keher. The first came after a pass from Pat Delaney. The second was a long range free after O’Brien was again fouled. All of which meant that the interval saw Kilkenny ahead by 0-9 to 1-3. Kilkenny reopened the scor-

ing when a foul on Mick Crotty allowed Keher to notch another point. Then at last we saw a passage of play worthy of an All-Ireland Final. Fittingly, it resulted in the score of the game. The move started in Black & Amber’s full-back line, when excellent defensive play by Brian Cody saw him evade two attackers before launching a mighty drive into the Galway half. Kieran Purcell, going high, foiled two defenders. The ball broke to Crotty. Minus his hurl, he handpassed across the square to Keher, who blasted a left sided shot to the net. Kilkenny were ahead by 1-10 to 1-3. They eased further in front with another Crotty point. Then one of the biggest cheers of the day greeted a Galway pointfrom a Gerry Coone free. It was their first score in 22 minutes of play. The Noresiders were back on the scoreboard in less than a minute when Keher, after a goalmouth melee, tapped the ball out to Pat Delaney, who obliged with a point. Galway then had a major boost. Good work by John Connolly saw his shot deflect off a defender. PJ Qualter, with an overhead

flick, found the net. After a run by Seán Silke resulted in a John Connolly point, their supporters dared to hope. This last score was nullified when Chunky O’Brien collected a breaking ball and raised a white flag. Then, when Crotty found the net, his goal was disallowed and play was called back for a penalty. Keher failed to lift the ball to his satisfaction but still managed to register a point. A pass by Crotty saw Cloney Brennan kick a point .A quick counter forced Noel Skehan to make a spectacular save from PJ Molloy. A Coone point from a 21 yard free after 54 minutes saw the score standing 1-15 to 2-6. Then came the intervention that dashed whatever slim hopes Corribside may have harboured. A Kieran Purcell shot, partially blocked, saw Pat Delaney lash to the net. Unbelievably, the referee again called back play for another penalty. This time, Keher made no mistake, his low drive nestling in the net. Almost immediately, a foul on Crotty saw Keher add another point, before Crotty himself flashed a great shot over the bar. A cheeky piece of play saw Frank Cummins rob Michael Connolly in the middle of the

field and race into Galway territory, landing a glorious point on the run. Crotty was unfortunate when he again had the ball in the net only this time to find it ruled out for a square infringement. A brace of points in less than a minute from Chunky O’Brien was answered by a Coone free and a Molloy point. As the game petered out, the imposing Crotty and Coone swapped points, before Keher wrapped up the scoring with a last free. This victory was fashioned by a quartet of James Stephens stars. Although Chunky O’Brien received the ‘Man of the Match’ accolade, it could only have been the flamboyant nature of his display that separated him from club mates Brian Cody, Mick Crotty and Fan Larkin. Cody gave a display of near perfect defensive hurling, while Crotty was a revelation, giving by far his best display in a county jersey. Larkinwas impeccable and held Galway danger man Pádraig Fahy scoreless. He added spice to this special day by winning his fourth Celtic Cross, thus equalling the four medals won by his illustrious father Paddy. The remarkable Eddie Keher

had difficulty early on with the close marking Niall McInerney but gradually found his rhythm to score 2-7 and finish another All-Ireland Final as leading scorer. For a clearly overawed Galway side, Frank Burke, Michael Conneely. Niall McInerney and PJ Molloy were best KILKENNY 1 Noel Skehan (Bennettsbridge) 2 Phil ‘Fan’ Larkin (James Stephens) 3 Nickey Orr (Fenians) 4 Brian Cody (James Stephens) 5 Pat Lawlor (Bennettsbridge) 6 Pat Henderson (Fenians) 0-1 (70) 7 Tom McCormack (James Stephens) 8 Liam ‘Chunky’O’Brien (James Stephens) 0-5 (1f) 9 Frank Cummins (Blackrock: Cork) 0-1 10 Mick Crotty (James Stephens) 0-5 11 Pat Delaney (Fenians) 0-1 12 Billy Fitzpatrick (Fenians) captain 13 Mick ‘Cloney’ Brennan (Erin’s Own) 0-2 14 Kieran Purcell (Windgap) 15 Eddie Keher (The Rower- Inistioge) 2-7 (1-1 pens, 0-5f). Subs: 16 Ger Fennelly (Shamrocks) 17 PJ Ryan Sr (Fenians) 18 Matt Ruth (St Patrick’s) 19 Nickey Brennan (Conahy Shamrocks) 20 Jim Treacy (Bennettsbridge) 21 Ger Henderson (Fenians). GALWAY 1 Michael Conneely (Sarsfields) 2 Niall McInerney (Liam Mellows) 3 Joe Clarke (Mullagh) 4 Pádraig Lally (St Brigid’s) 5 Joe McDonagh (Ballinderreen) 6 Seán Silke (MeelickEyrecourt) 7 Iggy Clarke (Mullagh) 8 John Connolly (Castlegar) captain 0-1 9 Seán Murphy (Carnmore) 10 Gerry Coone (St Brigid’s) 0-6 (5f) 11 Frank Burke (Turloughmore) 1-0 12 PJ Molloy (St Mary’s) 0-3 13 Marty Barrett (Pádraig Pearses) 14 PJ Qualter (Turloughmore) 1-0 15 Pádraig Fahy (Carnmore). Subs: 16 Michael Hanniffy (Oranmore-Maree) 17 Michael Connolly (Castlegar) for Marty Barrett (50m) 18 Ted Murphy (Castlegar) for Pádraig Lally (70m) 19 Séamus Grealish (Carnmore) for Seán Murphy (72m) 20 Peadar Ryan (St Brigid’s) 21 Vincent Mullins (Ardrahan). Referee: Seán O’Connor (Limerick). ROLL OF HONOUR: Tipperary (22), Cork (21), Kilkenny (20), Limerick (7), Dublin (6), Wexford (5), Waterford (2), Clare (1), Galway (1), Kerry (1), Laois (1), London (1).


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Á RÓL an bháideora athraithe go mór sa chaid agus san iomáint le roinnt blianta anuas. Tuigtear anois go bhfuil ceardaí oilte ag teastáil chun an imirt a stiúradh, an fhoireann a chur ar an ionsaí ón bpoc amach agus an cúl a chosaint ó naoscairí an fhreasúra. Ní hamhlaidh a bhí an tuiscint riamh sa chluiche áfach, agus tráth den saol ceapadh go coitianta gur chur amú tallainne é imreoir cumasach a fhágaint idir na cuaillí. Ó am go chéile tagann imreoirí ar leith ar an bhfód agus bíonn sé de chumhacht acu cuid áirithe den gcluiche a athnuachan. Duine díobh siúd ab ea Ollie Walsh. Amhail Stephen Cluxton sa chaid, d’athraigh Ollie ár meon, ár dtuiscint agus ár meas ar an té a sheasfadh fén spota dubh ina dhiaidh. Rugadh Ollie Walsh ar an 13 Iúil 1937 agus cuireadh camán sa lámh aige sula raibh sé de

chumas aige seasamh ar a dhá chos féin. Thosaigh sé amach ar aistear spóirt uathúil lena chumann áitiúil Baile Mhic Andáin agus ní raibh na laethanta caithréimeacha i bhfad ag teacht ina threo. Do bhí dream ar leith ag fás aníos sa pharóiste ag an am agus bhuadar trí chraobh fé-14 idir na blianta 1947 agus 1949. Dheineadar aithris ar a gcuid éachtaí ag an ngrád fé-16 sular bhaineadar craobh mhionúr an chontae amach i 1954. Tar éis trí bliana a chaitheamh sa chúl le foireann mhionúr Chill Chainnigh dhein sé an t-ardú céime go dtí an fhoireann sinsir nuair nach raibh sé ach naoi mbliana déag d’aois. Bhuaigh sé a chéad bhonn uile-Éireann sa bhliain 1957 tar éis bua i gcoinne Phort Láirge agus do bhí ardú croí ar fad ar lucht leanta Chill Chainnigh sa mhéid is go raibh caomhnóir nua tagaithe ar an bhfód. Bheadh na cúil tearc i gcoinne na gCat ar feadh na séasúr fada ina dhiaidh sin cinnte. Mhairfeadh a thréimhse eadar-chontae thar 16 bliain ar fad agus do bhí cúig bhonn

uile-Éireann sa chaibinéad aige sular tháinig clabhsúr lena réimeas i mbarr a cheirde. Cuimhnítear anois ar Ollie mar bháideoir deaslámhach, an chéad bháideoir riamh ar bronnadh an gradam ‘Imreoir na Bliana’ air ag deireadh na bliana 1967. Ní ró-mhinic a chífeá báideoirí sna cinnlínte na laethanta sin agus ba shuntasach an t-aitheantas dó nuair a cinneadh gurbh eisean an t-imreoir ab fhearr sa tír ag an am. Ba mhór an cur agus cúiteamh a deineadh tar éis chluichí an tseasúir san ar eachtraí míorúilteacha Walsh ar an mbealach go dtí an cluiche ceannais. Ní fhanfadh sé rófhada ó lár an aonaigh nuair a d’fhág sé slán lena shaol imeartha ag deireadh na bliana 1971. D’fhill sé ar an taobhlíne ag tús na n-ochtóidí i gceannas ar fhoireann sóisir Chill Chainnigh. Stiúraigh sé an contae chun ceithre chraobh shóisir na hÉireann a bhuachaint le linn na n-ochtóidí. Ceapadh é ina bhainisteoir sinsir an chontae roimh fheachtas na bliana 1990 agus níorbh fhada go raibh Corn Liam Mhic Cárthaigh ar

ais i gcathair Chill Chainnigh. Tar éis droch-lá i gcoinne Thiobraid Árann i 1991 níor chaill sé creideamh sna himreoirí féna chúram. Léirigh sé a chumas bainistíochta arís chun foireann óg a mhúnlú lena chéile agus d’éirigh leo Corn Mhic Cárthaigh a thabhairt abhaile dhá bhliain as a chéile i 1992 agus 1993. Lean oidhreacht Walsh sa chontae go dtí an lá inniu agus chomh deimhnitheach is atá cros ar asal spreag sé báideoirí óga geansaí uimhir a haon a chaitheamh ina dhiaidh. Ní bheadh an tláithínteacht chéanna ag teastáil chun teacht orthu a thuilleadh mar do bhí onóir agus mórtas ag baint leis an bpost anois a bhuí le gaiscí Ollie Walsh. Seasann dealbh an iarbháideora go mórtasach i lár a pharóiste féin anois. Ar shlí, is meabhrú é an dealbh san ar shaol agus scileanna an fhir, ach níos tábhachtaí fós b’fhéidir is meabhrú é dos na glúnta nua a bheadh ag imeacht thar bráid ar a mbealach isteach go dtí an gort CLG. Meabhrú ar luach agus tábhacht an fhir chróga, a sheasann san áit is uaigní ar domhan.

Kilkenny Sporting Heroes – Ollie Walsh T

HE ROLE of the net-minder has evolved dramatically in both hurling and football over the past decade. A new understanding has emerged around the importance of a skilled operator to steer the play, set the team on attack from the puck out and to protect the net from lurking forwards. Things were not always as complex for a hurling goalkeeper and a common held belief was that leaving a capable hurler between the posts was quiet simply a waste of talent. From time to time certain players arrive on the scene and they prove powerful enough to revolutionise a certain aspect of the game. Ollie Walsh was one of those

players. Similar to Stephen Cluxton in modern day football, Walsh would change our attitude, understanding and respect for the man that stood underneath the black spot after him Ollie Walsh was born on July 13,1937 and became familiar with the craft of hurling before he was able to walk. Early success He began a sporting career with his local club; Thomastown and early days of success weren’t long about following. Interestingly, Ollie grew up with a special group of hurlers in Thomastown and they blazed a trail of underage success, winning three u-14 titles between the years 1947 and 1949.

Remarkably they repeated the feat at U16 level before capturing the much coveted county minor title in 1954. After learning his trade as county minor goalkeeper he made his senior debut for Kilkenny when he was just 19 years of age. He won his first All-Ireland medal in 1957 following a win over Waterford and Kilkenny supporters had even more reason for optimism as a highly dependable goalkeeper had arrived. The goals would prove hard to come by against Kilkenny in the long years to follow. His intercounty career would last 16 years in total and he finished his time with an impressive five Celtic Crosses to his name.

FEARLESS GOALKEEPER Ollie Walsh will be remembered as a skilled and fearless goalkeeper and such was his talent that he became the first goalkeeper to win the ‘Hurler of the Year’ award following incredible performances between the sticks during the 1967 campaign. t was certainly new to see a goalkeeper making the headlines and nothing short of heroics were required to even consider a net-minder for such a prestigious honour. Suddenly all the talk was of the miracles performed in the Kilkenny goalmouth on the way to the 67’ final. He didn’t stay too long away from the action when he finally did decide to hang up the boots

at the conclusion of the 1971 championship. He returned to the side-line at the beginning of the eighties, taking charge of the Kilkenny junior hurling team. Having led them to All-Ireland success on four occasions during his tenure, his name was always going to be mentioned for the senior position. HURLING MANAGER Before the commencement of the 1990 championship, Olliew was appointed as Kilkenny senior hurling manager. Following a disappointing defeat at the hands of Tipperary in 1991, he didn’t lose faith in his charges. He set about moulding a new squad of players together

and succeeded in landing the Liam McCarthy cup two years in succession in 1992 and 1993 before he passed away suddenly on the March 9, 1996. Ollie’s legacy continues to the present day as he inspired generations of goalkeepers to wear the number one jersey for decades after he retired. hanks to the heroics of Walsh, the same enticement was never required as it became fashionable to play in goal. A statue of Ollie Walsh now stands in his native parish. It serves as a reminder to younger generations, not only of the talent of the man but the importance and bravery of he who stands between the posts.


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RAW specialists Mullinavat may have missed the bus when they squandered good chances to upset city rivals O’Loughlin Gaels who were favourites to win their ticket to the senior hurling championship semis. The ‘Vat gave as good as they got in a game that tested both teams as weather was certainly not conducive to good hurling although the Nowlan Park turf was in excellent condition as usual. The South Kilkenny Club threw caution to the wind and might well have shaded the game but O’Loughlin’s too had opportunities to clinch victory before the finish. The irony could easily have been that a football-type kick would have won the spoils as sub David Burke had two chances of booting the winning score but on both occasions goalkeeper Mickey Jones was well positioned to collect.

EARLY POINTS O’Loughlin Gaels got the early points but the ‘Vat quickly retaliated with a string of points in a tit for tat first half that ended with the teams on nine points apiece. The second half became more of a battle against the elements than a war between two very honest teams and it was no surprise that six points only were scored after the break, three apiece, meaning that it was 0-12 each at the final whistle. A Herculean performance by Kilkenny senior hurling star Paddy Deegan would have won him any Man of the Match award with his colleague Mark Bergin who scored 10 points also in the reckoning. Mullinavat have already won a replay against Graigue Ballycallan. They will be hoping for a repeat. O’Loughlin Gaels will remain favourites. It won’t be easy, but the St John’s Parish Club should just make it this weekend.


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Mullinavat win this chase

A super showing but ‘Vat may have missed the bus

Robbie Buckley leads a charge

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Hungry ‘Comer win as timid ‘Boro left with food for thought E

RIN’S OWN fully deserves its place in the semi-final of the St Canice’s Senior Hurling Championship. The North Kilkenny Club got the better of the city outfit simply because they had a greater hunger for victory. For a long period it looked as if the Castlecomer outfit only had earned the right to score in the awful conditions. On that score the ‘Boro was really weak and looked set to make some sort of a low scoring record. The conundrum is how Dicksboro ever got so close to Erin’s Own to have alarm bells ringing before the finish as ‘Comer fight seemed to

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wane somewhat against the contrary breeze. Edging towards the half time break there were nine points between the teams. Erin’s Own had bossed proceedings and would not have been flattered with a bigger lead. CRASH OUT The half time feeling among ‘Boro supporters had to be that they would simply crash out of any late season bash at adding the championship to their league crown. Diehards may have been convinced that their heroes were made of sterner stuff than that. And while the ‘Boro boys certainly

didn’t come out for the second belching fire and brimstone they did up the ante and now it was Erin’s Own who were often on the back foot, but still never scarce in hard work and courage. Slowly but surely the Erin’s Own lead was whittled down to a gap which the ‘Boro seemed capable of bridging to get at least a draw. But the damage done in an apathetic first half performance by the city club was never fully repaired. It was the resilient ‘Comer lads who had led all the way, who escaped to victory after giving their followers a nail gnawing spell before four minutes of extra time passed.

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Declan Dunne leaves ‘Boro lads stranded Erin’s Own about to collect

Michael Murphy makes a delightful catch

Snug as bugs in rugs in a Nowlan Park stand

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Poacher to gamekeeper as Eoin ensured it was Stephens Day

Kieran Joyce clears his lines

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OR YEARS he was the star player who made and scored goals and points for James Stephens and Kilkenny senior hurling teams. On Sunday the star of so many All-Ireland victories was poacher turned gamekeeper as he fine-tuned The Village victory over the Rower Inistioge in the quarter-final of the St Canice’s Senior Hurling Championship. Eoin Larkin, a member of a famous city hurling family was a sweeper supreme as he controlled the Village defence which got plenty of action thanks to an Eoin Guilfoyle bursts clear

excellent side from Eddie Keher country, The Rower Inistioge. The latter may have felt that their chances had gone with the wind as they trailed by 14 points to 5 after a disciplined Stephens first half performance in which they had the breeze in their backs. LONE RANGER David Kelly was a lone ranger of sorts in the opening period as he grabbed all five points for the Rower Inistioge. The half time cuppa certainly put a spring into the steps of the

county side that began to score more freely and soon they were within four points of the leaders. But with former soldier Larkin pulling the strings and the two Conors, Browne and Brassil rifling further points the St Patrick’s Parish club in the city did enough to stake their place in the semis. To their credit the Rower Inistioge simply refused to wilt and was always in the game but at the end it succumbed to the military-style precision of one Eoin Larkin who was always on the ball.


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